Glassell Park postal fracas; ‘Flashin’ Granny’ at Dodgers Stadium; more dogs in East L.A.

Eastside Review

Edited by BARRY LANK

A recap of some of the past week’s scenes, sightings and stories from across the Eastside.

  • The elderly woman who raised her shirt to reveal her bra was the big hit of a Dodgers game last weekend. Fans gasped and cheered as the white-haired woman was shown flashing the crowd on the ballpark’s giant video screen. ABC7
  • A “road diet” – i.e., a reduction in lanes, – is being proposed for Temple Street in Echo Park.  The Eastsider
  • Ninety-three-year-old Victor Jaramillo Soriano, who has been raising bees since the late 1940s, is known as the “Honeyman of El Sereno.” “My first memories as a child were of bees, not my mother or father,” said Soriano, whose father was also a beekeeper.   KCET
  • The good news about the Gold Room in Echo Park: It reopened. The bad news, for many of the old regulars: It seems to have ditched its old identity as a dive bar, now serving $15 glasses of champagne, $14 beer flights and “natural ingredients based drinks.” The Eastsider
  • L.A. school board members will see their annual pay jump to $125,000 from $45,637 starting in 60 days. The 174% increase for board members without any other outside salary or honorariums was approved by an independent commission that determines pay every five years.  L.A. Now
  • The backstory on Baxter Street, one of the steepest streets in Echo Park and Silver Lake. KCET
  • Brush fires this week include yet another one in Elysian Park and a fire near homes in Boyle Heights. The Eastsider and The Eastsider
  • Jimmy Gomez was sworn in as representative of California’s  34th Congressional District during a ceremony in Washington D.C. Gomez had been criticized for taking longer than usual to officially take office after winning the June 6 runoff election. L.A. Times
  • Work crews and heavy machinery have turned part of the L.A. River by Atwater Village into a construction site. Repairs are being made to the concrete levee walls that prevent the river from overflowing. The Eastsider
  • Thousands of visitors are expected in Echo Park Lake this weekend for the 37th Lotus Festival, which celebrates the summer blooming of the lotus flower in the lakebed. This year, the festival focuses on the people and culture of Bangladesh. The Eastsider
  • About 40 demonstrators staged a protest at the East L.A. sheriff’s station, trying to pressure the department to support the so called “sanctuary bill” that limits cooperation with federal immigration agents. County Sheriff Jim McDonnell said Senate Bill 54 would interfere with the transfer of county jail prisoners to federal custody. L.A. Times
  • The U.S. Postal Service suspended mail delivery to a stretch of Drew Street in Glassell Park – a hot spot of gang activity over the years – after a mail carrier was nearly hit by gunfire.. The Eastsider
  • Nor is that the only postal problem in Glassell Park. Inspectors are trying to identify a woman suspected of breaking into mailboxes multiple times at the same Eagle Rock Boulevard apartment complex. CBS2.
  • The number of dogs that people can own in East Los Angeles and other unincorporated parts of L.A. County has been raised from three per household to four. The Eastsider
  • Restaurant week has begun, with deals on prix fixe meals throughout the city, including Sage, Taix and Tsubaki in Echo Park, and Cafe Birdie in Highland Park.  Discover L.A.

Photo of the Week

East L.A. | Photo by Aurelio Jose Barrera

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